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At VCN, we use MySQL as our database software. SQL stands for Structured Query Language.

"SQL (Structured Query Language) is a standard interactive and programming language for getting information from and updating a database. Although SQL is both an ANSI and an ISO standard, many database products support SQL with proprietary extensions to the standard language. Queries take the form of a command language that lets you select, insert, update, find out the location of data, and so forth. There is also a programming interface." 

There's a lot of information available on the web regarding SQL, check this SQL Tutorial.

For in depth information on MySQL, you can check out the MySQL Documentation.

Managing Databases

Download MySQL Front, a client-side tool for managing and administering databases.

To connect to your database, you will need:

  • hostname - for VCN databases, the hostname will be
  • username - this is the username of the database
  • password - the password that corresponds to your database user
  • database - you will need to know the name of you database


Security Considerations

When building a database, you have to consider the type of information you are storing. If there is personal information, you need to assure that it will be secure.

Linking MS Access databases with MySQL using ODBC

MySQL ODBC howto

Quick list:

  • open Access
  • choose Create a new database using
    • Blank Access database
  • Save database
  • File -> Get External Data -> Link Tables
  • Files of file type -> OCBD
  • Machine Data source -> Collingwood Database
  • Link Tables -> Choose tables -> OK
  • it should work!